sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : 50th anniversary Rolex China Sea Race 2012

50th anniversary Rolex China Sea Race 2012

'Rolex China Sea Race 2010. Start minus 10 sec. Aussie Maid OCS.'    © RHKYC/Guy Nowell    Click Here to view large photo

4 April 2012 marks 50 years since five boats set off from Hong Kong to race to Manila in the Philippines. Amongst them, the five pioneering boats possessed one VHF radio, no trackers, no computer aided navigation and no weather routing subscriptions – the intervening years have seen many changes.

The competitors were escorted to the limit of Hong Kong waters by the Hong Kong Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, then continued unaccompanied until reaching Corrigedor, where in 1962 the finish line was manned by the Philippine Navy. Chris von Sydow’s Reverie took line honours in a time of 107h 29m 57s, completely ignorant of the progress of the rest of the fleet.

Fast forward to 2012, and the Rolex China Sea Race is a fully fledged Category 1 offshore race, which since 1996 has finished in Subic Bay, some 50km north of Corrigedor. The fleet of around 40 boats will be fully equipped with the latest safety equipment and all will carry a Yellowbrick tracker unit which will update race management and ocean racing fans with the fleet’s positions every 30 minutes.

Celebrating the golden anniversary of one of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s best loved events, Commodore Ambrose Lo said, '50 years is a significant milestone for any sailing event, and RHKYC is proud that, in that time, the 565nm from Hong Kong to the Philippines has become Asia’s premier offshore race. The Club is particularly pleased to continue its partnership with Rolex S.A. and welcomes its support for this event. Incidentally, this year is also the Year of the Water Dragon, which symbolizes strength and success, so I look forward to making this a brilliant year for everyone involved with the Rolex China Sea Race.'

Some things have not changed, and fifty years on, the Rolex China Sea Race remains a tactically challenging event. The first night of the race features lumpy seas and a stiff breeze. Conditions usually improve the next day and, as competitors near the Philippine coast under brilliant blue skies, the unpredictable coastal breeze often gives line honours candidates a dawn wallow on day three.

The race record of 47h 43m 07s, set in 2000 by Karl Kwok on the Open 60 Beau Geste, still stands. But with a strong IRC racing division which is likely to include defending Line Honours holder, Neil Pryde on his modified Welbourn 52, Hi Fi, together with Maxi Genuine Risk and TP52, FreeFire, Kwok’s 10 year old record could well fall in this golden year.

More info: http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/rolexchinasearace.aspx

Rolex China Sea Race 2010. Mandrake leads the charge up the harbour. -  © RHKYC-Guy Nowell?nid=93122   Click Here to view large photo




by RHKYC Media

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=93122

1:39 AM Sun 22 Jan 2012 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World



















2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4 by William Wagner, San Francisco
















































America's Cup: Luna Rossa sailing with two foiling AC45's + Video
Extreme Sailing: Emirates Team NZ retain second overall
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio Olympic Laser spots snapped up
Rolex Swan Cup - All set for final showdown
Upper Midwest sailors need help to take it to the next level
ISAF Sailing World Championships - RS:X action begins in Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans rise in Laser and Radial
Extreme Sailing Series - A remarkable penultimate day’s racing + Video
Marseille One Design - GC32 GDF Suez unstoppable in the light
Rolex Swan Cup - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Images of the leaders in Santander
Rolex Big Boat Series - Good day for Double Trouble
Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2 images by Erik Simonson
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - TP52 fleet ready for tricky race tracks
Rolex Big Boat Series - Plenty maintains lead
2014 Asia Pacific Student Cup - Count down begins
Extreme Sailing Series: Live coverage of Day 3 - view here
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Going away
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Practice makes perfect
2014 J/70 World Championship - Contrasting conditions on Day 4
Rolex Big Boat Series - 50 years of big boat racing: a retrospective   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2   
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Champ: Rios takes the Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg Zero signals start of the significant racing   
Extreme Sailing Series: Physically demanding racing for BAR on Day 2   
Emirates Team NZ: Holding second overall after Day 2 in Istanbul   
Extreme Sailing Series: A force to be reckoned with in Istanbul +Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Day 1 images by Jesus Renedo and Pedro Martinez   
Marseille One Design: GC32's Armin Strom storms ahead on day 2 + Video   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Racing underway in Santander +Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Erika Reineke claims Radial race win   
Santander Worlds 2014 Mat Belcher (Part II) *Feature   
Rolex Swan Cup - Mistral keeps fleet shoreside   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup rescued by wave of local support   
ISAF Sailing World Championship, Santander - Opening ceremony images   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Team Alvimedica geared up for Leg Zero   
J/70 World Championship 2014 - Healy surfs into lead   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 1   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Gripping first day on the Bay   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 1 images by Erik Simonson   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT